In a statement by the White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, he said, "The US position on the status of Tibet has not changed. We consider Tibet to be part of the People's Republic of China and do not support independence for Tibet." The US also added that it does not support more autonomy for the region.
On the hyped meeting between Obama and Dalai Lama, Carney said that it was a show of support to Tibet's unique tradition and efforts to preserve them as well as protect the rights of Tibetan's.
He added, "The President encourages the resumption of dialogue between the Dalai Lama's representatives and the Chinese government to resolve longstanding differences. He is a Nobel Prize Laureate, as you know, and an internationally-recognised religious and cultural leader. And the President meets with him, as other Presidents have, in that capacity."